19th December 2011
Car insurance comparison site Tiger.co.uk today unveiled its 10 Top Tips for winter driving. With winter weather now chilling the UK, the site warned motorists to take extra care when planning road trips and when out driving.
A spokesperson for Tiger.co.uk offered the following advice: “We don’t just want to offer our customers access to cheap car insurance quotes. We want to make sure that all UK drivers are as safe as possible when out and about this winter. That’s why we’ve put together a 10 point reminder as to how to prepare for and drive in poorer weather. The advice we offer is mainly common sense of course. But it’s always worth reminding ourselves of it every winter”.
The 10 Top Tips are:
- 1. Seasonal Vehicle Check. Brakes, lights, battery, tyres, windscreen wipers, windscreen washer fluid, anti-freeze and oil should all be checked.
- 2. De-Icer. Last year there was a shortage of de-icer and we recommend keeping some both in the garage and in the car.
- 3. Bad Weather Kit. Think about what you might need in the event of a breakdown, accident or road closure in bad weather. All or some of the following may be useful, or even a life saver: Warning triangle; first aid kit; torch; blanket and warm coat (even a sleeping bag); winter boots; tow rope; and snow shovel.
- 4. Journey Planning. Check weather and traffic conditions before setting out, using local radio and websites. If the forecast is poor, think twice before setting off.
- 5. Last Minute Checks. Make sure you have a full fuel tank and that your mobile phone is charged. A flask of hot drink and some food is a good idea for longer journeys or for rural driving.
- 6. Drive Carefully. Take care if driving with snow and ice on the road. Slow down; avoid sudden braking; use low gears to improve traction; increase the gap between your car and the car in front – you may need up to ten times the braking distance; and keep you windows, windscreen and lights free of snow.
- 7. Fog. Fog reduces visibility. Slow down and keep your distance. If fog is heavy, only drive if absolutely necessary. If you break down or need to stop, get the vehicle off the road as soon as possible and keep your lights on if possible.
- 8. Rain. Heavy rain also reduces visibility. Again, slow down, keep your distance and avoid sudden braking.
- 9. Stuck in Snow? If you do get stuck in snow slowly try to move your car backwards and forwards, avoiding excessive revving as this may dig you in deeper. A push from a passer-by and some work with your shovel might help. If this fails, stay with your car and call the breakdown or emergency services. Don’t run the engine to keep warm.
- 10. Sunshine. With a low winter sun, drivers face problems with excessive glare. Keep both the inside and outside of your windscreen clean, use your sun visor and slow down.
Tiger.co.uk’s spokesperson reminded drivers: “If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident, follow the advice offered by your car insurance company. Remember that your safety and the safety of other road users should always be your number one priority.”